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St. Valentine’s coloring contest

Check out Illuminated Ink’s St. Valentine’s Coloring Contest. As always, our friends at Illuminated Ink have created a beautifully illustrated coloring page that just needs your kiddos’ colors, markers or paints.

Entries must be postmarked by Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 and winners will be announced on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012.

Have fun!

A beautiful ‘O Antiphon coloring page

Free ‘O Antiphon coloring page from Illuminated Ink:

As a special “THANK YOU” to all our loyal friends and fans, we are making our ‘O Antiphon’ coloring page available for a very short time! You have until midnight, December 23rd… and then it will disappear again, until who knows when! Just right click on the image, and select “print”. This image is for your own personal family’s use, or classroom use, ONLY.

Thank you, Frances!

Links of the month — 4th of July

Let’s get patriotic!


For the adults:

    What’s Right With America

    My top ten list of patriotic movies.

For the kids:

    Cut a five-pointed star in one snip. Even I had fun with this one!!

    American flag timeline from 1776 to 2010 with images and brief historical notes.

    Try this patriotic windsock. For a smaller variation, we have used toilet paper rolls and ribbons or crepe paper instead of the stiffer construction paper. Another variation is to add a pointed top to your windsock to turn it into a patriotic rocket.

Coloring pages:

    American flag


    Revolutionary War

Have fun and Happy 4th!

Pleasing to the Lord

It’s a feast-filled week of Advent!

Thanks to Jen at Family in Feast and Feria, here is a lovely coloring page of the Miraculous Medal.

Prayer to Our Lady Immaculate

Most holy Virgin, who wast pleasing to the Lord and became His Mother, immaculate in body and spirit, in faith and in love, look kindly on the wretched who implore thy powerful patronage. The wicked serpent, against whom was hurled the first curse, continues fiercely to attack and ensnare the unhappy children of Eve. Do thou, then, O Blessed Mother, our queen and advocate, who from the first instant of thy conception didst crush the head of the enemy, receive the prayers which, united with thee in our single heart, we implore thee to present at the throne of God, that we may never fall into the snares which are laid out for us, and may all arrive at the port of salvation; and, in so many dangers, may the Church and Christian society sing once again the hymn of deliverance and of victory and of peace. Amen.

In Thy conception, O Virgin Mary, thou wast immaculate; pray for us to the Father, Whose Son, Jesus Christ conceived of the Holy Ghost, thou didst bring forth.

– from Blessed Be God, Complete Catholic Prayerbook

Colorful St. Michaels

Thanks to Vee at Paper Dali, here are our St. Michaels that we colored for last week’s Feast of the Guardian Angels.

Angels everywhere

Tomorrow is the Feast of the Archangels: Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Make your day an angelic one with these fun crafts and prayers:

A Prayer to Saint Michael
Saint Michael, Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness
and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host,
by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

A Prayer to Saint Gabriel
Blessed Saint Gabriel, Archangel
We beseech thee to intercede for us at the throne of divine mercy:
As thou didst announce to Mary the mystery of the Incarnation,
so through thy prayers may we receive strength of faith and
courage of spirit, and thus find favor with God and redemption through Christ Our Lord.
May we sing the praise of God our Savior with the angels and saints in heaven
forever and ever. Amen.

A Prayer to Saint Raphael
Blessed Saint Raphael, Archangel,
We beseech thee to help us in all our needs and trials of this life,
as thou, through the power of God, didst restore sight and give guidance to young Tobit.
We humbly seek thine aid and intercession,
that our souls may be healed,
our bodies protected from all ills,
and that through divine grace we may be made fit
to dwell in the eternal Glory of God in heaven. Amen.

Our St. Nicks

st. nick

Yesterday, Crozet and Audrey made St. Nicholas dolls from Paper Dali. Our St. Nicks are now watching over us from our school room window.

Our paper-saint parade

For All Saints Day, our paper saints, courtesy of Paper Dali, adorned our fireplace mantle. From left to right we have St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Damien, St. Juan Diego & Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Joseph, and St. Rose. It’s a small, but powerful group!

saint parade

Juan Diego paper dolls

juan diego paper dolls

Many of you know we have chosen St. Juan Diego as patron of our 2009-2010 homeschool year. Last week, Cro and Aud made Juan Diego paper dolls. His tilma is removable, so you have a Juan with and without Our Lady of Guadalupe. There is a nice cluster of roses as well.

This wonderful little project is a free printable at Paper Dalis. In addition to a nice selection of saints, they also have quite a variety of historical dolls.


Year of the Priest coloring contest

This just in from Illuminated Ink’s Faith Filled Fun! July news-eLetter: A Year for Priests Coloring Contest. All entries must be postmarked by Saturday, May 15, 2010 to be eligible. Five age brackets to be judged will be ages 0 – 4, ages 5 – 7, ages 8 – 10, ages 11 – 18, and ages 19 and up. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be awarded in each age bracket. Get complete details and download the coloring page.

Sacred Heart coloring page

year of the priest logo

The Year of the Priest logo, when printed, makes an excellent coloring page for today’s Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Today is also the opening of the Year of the Priest, so its appropriate on all levels. Enjoy!

Links of the month — June

sacred heart

June is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Pope Benedict XVI has declared June 19, 2009-2010 as a Year of the Priest. This special year will open on the 2009 feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Links for the Year of the Priest will be updated throughout the year with resources to assist you and your family in celebrating this special year.

The June 19 Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is followed by the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on June 20. In The Sacred Heart and the Eucharist, by Father Richard Neilson, we see that as May leads to and introduces June, so Mary brings us to the love of her Son, the love symbolized by His Sacred Heart.

Two Hearts Design has a very nice Sacred and Immaculate Hearts coloring page.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church has a beautiful Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Margaret Mary stained glass window coloring page.

Our Lady of Fatima Coloring page

fatima coloring page

For today’s Feast of Our Lady of Fatima: Our Lady of Fatima, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco beautiful stained glass coloring page courtesy of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Front Royal, VA.

Be sure to check out all of their coloring pages!

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Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima for the Children of the World

O Mary, you freely and lovingly embraced the will of God for you by accepting the call to be the Mother of his Son. With the help of St. Joseph you raised the child Jesus so that he grew in wisdom, age and grace before God and humanity.

You appeared to the children of Fatima, confiding in them, though they be young and unknown, to reveal to the world your message of conversion and peace.

We ask you now, Our Lady of Fatima, to gather all the children of the world into your loving embrace. Grant them God’s gifts of health and peace, of security and love. Help them to know and use the many gifts and talents they have been given for the betterment of the one human race. Inspire them one day to be men and women of peace.

O Lord, through the intercession of your Mother Mary, bless and keep your children. Amen.

Divine Mercy coloring page

Once again, many thanks to Charlotte for another great coloring page and just in time for Sunday’s Feast of Divine Mercy.

divine mercy

Words of Jesus to St. Faustina:
Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and [then] throughout the world. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour if death. I myself will defend it as My own glory.

The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls… These two rays issued forth from the very depths of My tender mercy when My agonised Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross. These rays shield souls from the wrath of My Father. Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him. I desire that the first Sunday after Easter be the Feast of Mercy.

Not in the beauty of the colour, nor of the brush lies the greatness of this image, but in My grace.

Fr. Damien coloring page

Today is the anniversary of the 1889 death of Blessed Joseph de Veuster, better known as Fr. Damien of Molokai. Charlotte at Walzing Mathilda has created a beautiful coloring page of Fr. Damien based on this portrait.

Fr. Damien is scheduled to be canonized in October 2009.

fr damien

Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed Damien
Our Father, while your Son Jesus walked among us on earth, He taught us by work and example to love one another. We pray that you glorify your servant Damien, in order that inspired by the example of his love for you, and for his fellow human beings, we too, might live your great commandment and reach out to our brothers and sisters in their spiritual and temporal needs.

Inspired by your love, Damien gave his life for the most wretched of his brothers and sisters.

May we, in your goodness, soon see him honored as Saint.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ your son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.